2009 Moris Farms Avvoltore
red fruit, strawberry, raspberry, currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla and blueberry
asparagus, green pepper, red fruit, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, spice box and dark fruit
"Made from Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah from the Poggio all'Avvoltore vineyard in the Massa Marittima. The soil is clay, rich in fossils, slightly acidic. The harvest took place during the second and fourth weeks of September, dependant on the various varietals. Fermentation took place in termperature-controlled cement tanks with the cap pumped over twice a day during a period of maceration lasting 25 days. Malolactic Fermentation took place in 225 liter barrels (80% new). The wine was racked once during this period. Additional barrel aging for 12 months followed by six months in the bottle before release." - Importer
"Morisfarms is the Tuscan estate of the Parentini family, which comprises an impressive 420 hectares under vine, with the vast majority of vineyards lying within the Morellino di Scanscano subzone of the rugged Maremma region in southwestern Tuscany. Morellino, which is often known as "Baby Brunello" is one of the great, undiscovered wine-producing regions of Tuscany. The wines of Morellino stylistically represent a hypothetical blend between the generally medium-bodied, red fruity, spicy and tangy wines of Chianti and the more plummy and serious wines of Brunello. Perversely, Morellino di Scansano’s relatively low profile on the international wine market has allowed it to avoid the pitfalls of over-extraction and excessive use of new oak barrels that has come to plague many of the formerly superb estates in Brunello in the last decade, and it is no longer a rare occurrence when a Morellino bottling from a top producer such as Morisfarms outperforms a bevy of dried out Brunellos at a comparative tasting."
"There are two distinct bottlings of Morellino from Morisfarms, a "normale" made in a more fruit-forward style that emphasizes both the perfumed fruit tones of top Sangiovese and the lovely soil complexity of the region. It is made from a blend of ninety percent Sangiovese, mixed in with five percent each of Cabernet Sauvignon and, to add a note of exotica, Syrah. The Riserva Morellino is also made from ninety percent Sangiovese, culled from the oldest and best-situated vines of the estate, and blended with a mix of Cabernet and other grape varieties, depending on the profile of the vintage. It is only produced in outstanding years. Morisfarms also produces their own version of a Super Tuscan, their IGT "Avvoltorre," which is made up of seventy-five percent Sangiovese, twenty percent Cabernet Sauvignon and five percent Syrah." - Importer